Category: External News

Outlooks versus reality show rainfall still eludes many

A run of positive seasonal climate outlook statements pointing to signficantly improved rainfall probabilities for much of the country are still yet to translate to water on the ground for many rural producers. Source: Beef Central Outlooks versus reality show rainfall still eludes many

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

December to February is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 70pc chance in most areas, with the exception of Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

December to February is likely to be wetter than average for nearly all of Australia, with a greater than 70pc chance in most areas, with the exception of Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Dec 2020-Feb 2021

ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

ICPA Australia is calling on the Federal Government to formally recognise the role that parents play in distance education with the launch of Geographically Isolated Distance Education Day on 1 December. Source: Beef Central ICPA calls for offical day to recognise distance education

Dalby sale 25 Nov 2020: Prices ease in larger yarding

Medium and heavy weight yearling steers were present in good numbers. Overall demand remained firm but prices eased. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 25 Nov 2020: Prices ease in larger yarding

Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Export demand and limited grower selling are helping to support prices this week as the market heeds a dry and extremely hot week ahead for south-eastern Australia which may prompt some harvest bans. Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Truck squeeze, weather support prices

Sacred Cow film debunks anti-meat myths

There’s a debate out there about whether or not we should be eating meat. But what if we’re arguing about the wrong thing? What if the very animals we’re fighting about are a key piece of fixing what’s broken? Source: Beef Central Sacred Cow film debunks anti-meat myths

Bega Cheese buys Lion Dairy from Japan's Kirin

Bega Cheese emerges from a trading halt, announcing it will buy Lion Dairy and Drink from Japanese beverage giant Kirin. Source: ABC Livestock Bega Cheese buys Lion Dairy from Japan’s Kirin

Maximise your exposure at Beef 2021 through Beef Central

With the Beef Australia 2021 event in Rockhampton now only five months away, having been given the green light this morning, it’s time for agribusinesses of all types participating in the event to start thinking about getting their brand in front of the tens of thousands of visitors likely to attend next year’s event. … Read more »

Beef 2021 gets green light

After months of speculation about whether the event would go ahead as planned next May, it was confirmed this morning that Beef 2021 in Rockhampton is good to go. Source: Beef Central Beef 2021 gets green light

First of this seasons wheat heading for export markets via Newcastle Agri Terminal

23rd November 2020 It’s an exciting time for our partner National Agri Terminal (NAT). The first shipment of new crop wheat is heading for Vietnam via the NAT, Carrington at the Port of Newcastle. The bulk carrier Ince Point will be carrying 35,000 tonnes of wheat to Vietnam. The upcountry growing area has been experiencing… Read more »

Weekly property review: Late season surge in northern cattle listings

The end of the long dry season, before the arrival of the wet, may seem an unusual time for extensive Northern Australian cattle properties to be hitting the market, but a string of them have done so over the past few weeks. In this week’s property review, industry contacts look at what’s driving it. … Read more »

Determining long-term carrying capacity

Knowing the long-term carrying capacity of a property or paddock is essential information for managers of extensive grazing businesses. While it is a contentious issue, there is an established, evidence-based process for estimating long term carrying capacity. Source: Beef Central Determining long-term carrying capacity

North/South seasonal contrasts provide big exodus of QLD young cattle

Ongoing dry conditions in northern Australia and near-irresistible high prices in 2020 has seen a dramatic rise in the numbers of young cattle offered out of Queensland through AuctionsPlus this year, with weaner and yearling listings up 159pc, year to date. Source: Beef Central North/South seasonal contrasts provide big exodus of QLD young cattle

Australian Fodder Industry Association appoints new CEO

THE Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) has appointed experienced agricultural executive Paula Fitzgerald as its new chief executive officer. Source: Sheep Central Australian Fodder Industry Association appoints new CEO

MLA launches new summer and wet season information hubs

SEASONAL on-farm decisions by sheep, cattle and goat producers are being supported by Meat & Livestock Australia’s new summer and wet season information hubs. Source: Sheep Central MLA launches new summer and wet season information hubs

WA sheep producers warned of toxic weed and ryegrass risk

SHEEP deaths from poisonous weeds and annual ryegrass toxicity has prompted a warning to Western Australia producers in rain-affected areas. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep producers warned of toxic weed and ryegrass risk

National wool broker award postponed till 2021

AUSTRALIA’S prestigious wool broker award has been postponed until next year due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. Source: Sheep Central National wool broker award postponed till 2021

Australian Merino Exports rejects Chinese top maker claims

WOOL exporter Australian Merino Exports is continuing to trade into China despite accusations being circulated by Chinese trade bodies on behalf of disgruntled top maker Redsun Wool. Source: Sheep Central Australian Merino Exports rejects Chinese top maker claims

Traceability grants available for ag supply chains

The Australian Government is encouraging applications from farming groups, research organisations and other eligible industry bodies for grants to support projects that enhance traceability in the agricultural produce supply chain. Source: Beef Central Traceability grants available for ag supply chains

Canola maintains buoyancy amid harvest pressure

Strong canola prices sweetened by bonifications paid for high oil content continue to see Australia’s major winter oilseed as the cash favourite for growers selling at harvest. Source: Grain Central Canola maintains buoyancy amid harvest pressure

Roma store 24 Nov 2020: Southern restocker demand pulls back

A smaller buying panel was present with all regular processors and feedlots operating, however southern restockers were absent. Steers eased across all categories, with light weight steers down by 14c to 17c/kg. Source: Beef Central Roma store 24 Nov 2020: Southern restocker demand pulls back

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 November 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the Kimberley in Western Australia and Top End in the Northern Territory, while A surface and upper-level trough produced moderate falls in southern and eastern Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 November 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Nov 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the Kimberley in Western Australia and Top End in the Northern Territory, while A surface and upper-level trough produced moderate falls in southern and eastern Victoria. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 25 Nov 2020

Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Scientists are working to develop robotic principles that could help the red meat processing sector boost its global competitiveness – using technologies developed for use in human surgical procedures. Source: Beef Central Surgical robots may have application in red meat processing industry

Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is removing the requirement to include registration numbers from Class 3 Livestock Vehicle permits from December 1. Source: Beef Central Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits

MLA summer and wet season resource hubs now online

Producers can now access regionally-relevant resources to support seasonal on-farm decision making this summer with the launch of both a Summer Hub for southern producers and Northern Wet Season Hub on Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) website. Source: Beef Central MLA summer and wet season resource hubs now online

Wagga sale 23 Nov 2020: Shortage of secondary stock fuels price rise

Restockers contested solidly  against feedlots in the weight range of 330-400kg. Prices were unchanged to 1c dearer. Steers returning to the paddock averaged $1651/head. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 23 Nov 2020: Shortage of secondary stock fuels price rise

60,000 head included in Maryfield/Limbunya NT offering

In one of the biggest stock offerings included in a property transaction in recent times, more than 60,000 head of Brahman cattle will be included in the offering of extensive NT grazing properties, Maryfield and Limbunya. Source: Beef Central 60,000 head included in Maryfield/Limbunya NT offering

Lamb Legends muster for MLA Summer campaign + VIDEO

AUSTRALIANS will be asked to enjoy Aussie lamb with friends and families this Christmas in a new Summer campaign launched by Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Sheep Central Lamb Legends muster for MLA Summer campaign + VIDEO

AuctionsPlus sells first cross ewes with lambs for record $561

FIRST cross ewes with lambs sold to a national record of $561 on AuctionsPlus last week. The previous ewe-lamb record of $516 set online earlier this year was beaten by strong bidding for a line of 16-17 month-old first cross ewes at Gunning, New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sells first cross ewes… Read more »

Victoria goes on plague locust alert in the west and north-west

VICTORIA is on locust alert after a number of sightings of the pest were reported in the west and north-west of the state this month. Source: Sheep Central Victoria goes on plague locust alert in the west and north-west

Livestock feed makers reminded on imported ingredient approvals

ANIMAL food manufacturers are being reminded to check the approval status of any imported biological ingredients intended for livestock products. Source: Sheep Central Livestock feed makers reminded on imported ingredient approvals

Livestock carriers urge loading ramp assessments

LIVESTOCK producers and yard managers have been urged to undertake safety assessments of their loading ramps with the release of a new standard developed by Standards Australia. Source: Sheep Central Livestock carriers urge loading ramp assessments

Naracoorte 1st cross ewe lambs make $438 despite virus lockdown

FIRST cross ewe lambs sold to a record price of $438 despite COVID-19 lockdown conditions at the annual Naracoorte sale last Thursday. Source: Sheep Central Naracoorte 1st cross ewe lambs make 8 despite virus lockdown

Feeding imported human food to stock may pose serious disease risk: DAWE

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is reminding importers, distributors and manufacturers that they must have approval from the department to use imported plant and animal-derived ingredients in the manufacture of animal feeds. Source: Beef Central Feeding imported human food to stock may pose serious disease risk: DAWE

Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Prices in the latest Saudi tender have supported barley values, while wheat prices have softened in the south but firmed in the north. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

New Australian Standard for loading ramps published, but details at a cost

Standards Australia has published the first Australian Standard for Livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing pens, but it will cost producers $125 to view the 37 page document. Source: Beef Central New Australian Standard for loading ramps published, but details at a cost

‘Rare to find a heifer under $1200’: Prices forge higher at Ballarat + VIDEO

Murray Arnel reports a quality yarding met firm to stronger demand at Ballarat’s November store cattle market on Friday, where feeder lines averaged 18c/kg higher, and lighter, younger steer and heifer pens forged a further ahead average 20-30c above the improved rates of the centre’s month-earlier October sale. Source: Beef Central ‘Rare to find a… Read more »

Pair of NT cattle stations expected to sell for at least $150m

North Star Pastoral is selling Maryfield and Limbunya stations, properties that cover more than 650,000 hectares and run 50,000 head of Brahman and Brahman-cross cattle. Source: ABC Livestock Pair of NT cattle stations expected to sell for at least 0m

AuctionsPlus numbers ease, as cows & calves remain in high demand

Prices remained strong across breeder categories and for heavier weight weaners and yearlings on AuctionsPlus this week, where numbers offered eased about 13 percent to 20,240 head. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus numbers ease, as cows & calves remain in high demand

World-first investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

With automation poised to transform agriculture in Australia in the coming years, Monash University researchers have published the first-ever analysis of the ethical and policy issues raised by the use of robots in agriculture. Source: Beef Central World-first investigation raises ethical and policy challenges in using robots in agriculture

Not all overseas harvest workers went home during the pandemic

International border closures left many in the agriculture sector short-staffed this year, but there are a few overseas workers who opted to stay in Australia. Source: ABC Grain Not all overseas harvest workers went home during the pandemic

Can you really catch coronavirus from frozen food?

Beijing has linked several local COVID-19 infections to frozen food packaging, but the WHO says there’s no evidence of the virus spreading this way. How valid are China’s concerns, and what is the risk of “object-to-human” transmission? Source: ABC Livestock Can you really catch coronavirus from frozen food?

JBS bounces back after COVID with strong third quarter financials

Slaughter cattle supply out of Australia is not likely to recover significantly until at least 2022, investors were told during a JBS briefing following the tabling of the company’s third quarter financials earlier this week. Global beef processor JBS has bounced back from the impacts of COVID earlier in the year, reporting net revenues of… Read more »

A quiet week for forward wool traders as auction prices dip

IT was a quiet week on the wool forward markets, with activity limited to the nearby months, as the December 19 micron index traded at 1365 cents and 1370 cents prior to auctions opening on Tuesday. Source: Sheep Central A quiet week for forward wool traders as auction prices dip

Australian growers pull wool as prices drop at auction

AUSTRALIAN wool growers and brokers passed in or withdrew more than a quarter of the bales catalogued for sale in auctions this week as prices dropped lower. Source: Sheep Central Australian growers pull wool as prices drop at auction

Feedback sought on sheep sustainability framework

AUSTRALIA’S proposed sheep sustainability framework will improve industry transparency and build consumer trust in wool and sheep meat, according to the project’s leader. Source: Sheep Central Feedback sought on sheep sustainability framework

Sam and Andrew are back for more MLA sheep action

SAM Kekovich’s return and the re-election of South Australian sheep producer Andrew Michael were among the sheepy highlights at the Meat & Livestock Australia annual general meeting yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Sam and Andrew are back for more MLA sheep action

AWI relies on industry-to-industry strategy on China

AUSTRALIA’S wool sector is relying on an industry-to-industry strategy to mitigate any impacts of trade tensions with China, growers were told today. Source: Sheep Central AWI relies on industry-to-industry strategy on China

Recruitment: Are wages a challenge to future ag growth?

Although agricultural industries are not alone in experiencing little to no real salary growth over the last eight years, latest salary data from Seek shows that salaries in the agriculture and farming sector are skewed towards the lower levels when compared with other employment categories such as mining, information technology and banking. If this trend… Read more »

Macca’s Australian shopping list includes 31,900t of beef annually

Marking tomorrow’s National Agriculture Day activities, global burger giant McDonald’s has released its annual ‘shopping list’ for food commodities used to keep its 970 Australian stores in operation, including a whopping 31.900 tonnes of beef. Source: Beef Central Macca’s Australian shopping list includes 31,900t of beef annually

From pioneering no-till advocate to ag communications guru, John Cameron

No-till advocate, agronomist and agricultural communications specialist, John Cameron, has played an instrumental role in the advancement of farming systems throughout the northern farming zone. Source: Grain Central From pioneering no-till advocate to ag communications guru, John Cameron

Recruitment: Is remuneration a challenge to future ag industry growth?

Although agricultural industries are not alone in experiencing little to no real salary growth over the last eight years, latest salary data from Seek shows that salaries in the agriculture and farming sector are skewed towards the lower levels when compared with other employment categories such as mining, information technology and banking. If this trend… Read more »

Entries open for RNA 2021 Paddock to Palate Competition

Entries are now open for the RNA’s 2021 Paddock to Palate Competition and 2021/22 Wagyu Challenge presented by JBS Australia.  Source: Beef Central Entries open for RNA 2021 Paddock to Palate Competition

NQ man charged after releasing stray cattle from council trap

Police in Queensland have issued a reminder to livestock owners to understand their obligation to ensure animals are kept confined and not allowed to stray onto other properties after charging a man for unlawfully releasing cattle that had strayed into a council trap. Source: Beef Central NQ man charged after releasing stray cattle from… Read more »

BeefConnect webinar: Pain relief in focus

In this free BeefConnect webinar veterinarian Dr Libby Harriman will discusses the impact of pain on grazing animals and the relative benefits pain relief practices can provide, while Biosecurity Queensland’s Glen Sibson will explain ‘fit to load’ requirements and the roles and responsibilities of consignors and transporters of livestock. Source: Beef Central BeefConnect webinar:… Read more »

MLA AGM: Red meat facing ‘unprecedented global demand’

Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2020 annual general meeting, the first conducted fully online due to COVID-19 restrictions, resulted in the re-election of three directors to the levy-funded producer service organisation’s board. Source: Beef Central MLA AGM: Red meat facing ‘unprecedented global demand’

Mixed lockdown messages create shear confusion for SA sheep industry

SA Police says shearing contractors can continue to work despite some of them being told by officers to stop on the first day of lockdown yesterday. Source: ABC Livestock Mixed lockdown messages create shear confusion for SA sheep industry

'A licence to dream': Beekeeping offers young men a second chance

Claire Moore’s bees are usually busy collecting honey at her farm, but for the past 10 weeks more than 20,000 of them have been at a youth justice centre. Source: ABC Livestock ‘A licence to dream’: Beekeeping offers young men a second chance

Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Prices in the latest Saudi tender have supported barley values, while wheat prices have softened in the south but firmed in the north. Source: Grain Central Feedgrain Focus: Saudi price lifts barley, wheat mixed

Positive half-year result for AA Co, despite COVID market impact

Despite considerable market impacts since the onset of COVID, the Australian Agricultural Co has lodged a strong operating profit of $23.5 million for the half-year ended September, up from $6.3 million for the same period last year. Even excluding the Jobkeeper stimulus payment AA Co qualified for, the half-year profit was still $16.8m. Source:… Read more »

Record-breaking day for GrainCorp as silos burst at seams during bumper harvest

More than 5 million tonnes of grain has been received so far at GrainCorp sites in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, with that figure expected to top 12 million tonnes by the end of the harvest. Source: ABC Grain Record-breaking day for GrainCorp as silos burst at seams during bumper harvest

Virtual seminar to focus on Southern Asia beef trade

Southern Asia beef industry stakeholders have a unique opportunity to gain valuable market insights and to network with others via an online event being conducted by Meat & Livestock Australia next week. Source: Beef Central Virtual seminar to focus on Southern Asia beef trade

Mort & Co in hunt for new greenfield feedlot development site

Queensland lotfeeder Mort & Co is in an expansionary mood, launching a campaign this morning to unearth a site for a new feedlot somewhere in eastern Australia to complement existing operations at Grassdale on Queensland’s Darling Downs, and Pinegrove, near Millmerran. Source: Grain Central Mort & Co in hunt for new greenfield feedlot development… Read more »

Mort & Co in hunt for new greenfield feedlot development site

Queensland lotfeeder Mort & Co is in an expansionary mood, launching a campaign this morning to unearth a site for a new feedlot somewhere in eastern Australia to complement existing operations at Grassdale on Queensland’s Darling Downs, and Pinegrove, near Millmerran. Source: Beef Central Mort & Co in hunt for new greenfield feedlot development… Read more »

High steaks in Darling Downs Beef Battle

With a significant percentage of the nation’s major feedlots and processing capacity within its borders, the Darling Downs is widely regarded as one of Australia’s premier beef producing regions. Source: Beef Central High steaks in Darling Downs Beef Battle

Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red meat

Through this year’s challenging times, the red meat industry has been able to maintain or grow positive perceptions about its product among consumers, and is starting to hear more positive messages about the industry, a webinar was told this afternoon. Source: Sheep Central Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red… Read more »

NT producer elected Cattle Council president

Cattle Council of Australia has elected NT cattleman Markus Rathsmann as its new president, following the peak industry council’s Annual General Meeting today. Mr Rathsmann has served on CCA board as the NTCA’s representative since 2016, and is the first representative from the NT to be elected to CCA’s presidency. Source: Beef Central NT… Read more »

Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red meat

Through this year’s challenging times, the red meat industry has been able to maintain or grow positive perceptions about its product among consumers, and is starting to hear more positive messages about the industry, a webinar was told this afternoon. Source: Beef Central Surveys provide ten-years of insight into changing consumer attitudes about red… Read more »

WA sheep and cattle owners to have a say on ear marks

WESTERN Australian sheep and cattle owners, industry and the community are encouraged to provide feedback on a proposal to make earmarking and branding of stock optional. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep and cattle owners to have a say on ear marks

RCEP agreement to deliver tariff reduction for processed wool

THE new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement is expected to bring some benefits to the Australian wool industry value chain and for sheep meat exports. Source: Sheep Central RCEP agreement to deliver tariff reduction for processed wool

Roma store 17 Nov 2020: Competition firm for 7088 head

A larger buying panel, with increased southern and feedlot buyer numbers and all regular processors, were operating to firm competition. Source: Beef Central Roma store 17 Nov 2020: Competition firm for 7088 head

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 November 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the north and parts of eastern Australia, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia and western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 November 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Nov 2020

Surface troughs produced thunderstorms across the north and parts of eastern Australia, while cold fronts brought moderate falls to south-west Western Australia and western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 18 Nov 2020

Trade and heavy lamb buyers search for quality as season turns

TRADE and heavy lamb prices fluctuated on quality to finish slightly weaker early this week as processors sought consistent supplies either direct or at saleyards. Source: Sheep Central Trade and heavy lamb buyers search for quality as season turns

WoolProducers Australia gives biosecurity warning to buyers and sellers

A REPORTED rise in sheep flocks affected by virulent footrot has prompted WoolProducers Australia to warn growers about the importance of good biosecurity. The peak wool grower representative body is… Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers Australia gives biosecurity warning to buyers and sellers

Shearer training to go virtual with new app launch

SHEARER education is set to go virtual with a new training app enabling student shearers to get the help they need at the tap of a screen. Source: Sheep Central Shearer training to go virtual with new app launch

High export prices testing northern supply

High prices are still managing to lure cattle out of northern paddocks for live shipping orders, but what numbers of cattle are still available and how much higher the market can rise to bring them forward is now the overriding question. Source: Beef Central High export prices testing northern supply

Sapphire feedlot expansion reflects growing grainfed industry confidence + VIDEOS

A recently completed expansion of Smithfield Cattle Co’s Sapphire feedlot near Goondiwindi is a good example of the long-term confidence being shown in grainfed operations in Eastern Australia, despite difficult trading conditions over the past couple of years. Source: Beef Central Sapphire feedlot expansion reflects growing grainfed industry confidence + VIDEOS

Response from outgoing AWA president & chair Mike Buchanan

Following Beef Central’s coverage of the recent Australian Wagyu Association board elections, immediate past president Mike Buchanan requested right of reply. Here is his response to some of the claims raised by the Concerned Members Group Source: Beef Central Response from outgoing AWA president & chair Mike Buchanan

$2 million worth of cattle reported stolen from NT station

More than 1,400 head of branded cattle reported stolen from Top End station, with owners offering $250,000 reward for information. Source: ABC Livestock million worth of cattle reported stolen from NT station

Weekly kill: Northern grid prices remain at record levels

Direct consignment slaughter grid offers from Queensland processors have remained at record highs this week, but there has been little evidence of any real response in terms of cattle supply. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Northern grid prices remain at record levels

1400 cattle reported stolen from NT station, $250k reward for information

A reward of up to $250,000 has been offered by a cattle producer for information that helps to lead to the return of more than 1400 Brahman cross cattle believed to have been stolen from his Northern Territory station earlier this year. Source: Beef Central 1400 cattle reported stolen from NT station, 0k reward… Read more »

Hancock confirms sale of ‘several’ properties from its portfolio

Northern Australian beef producer, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture, has confirmed that it plans to divest ‘several’ pastoral holdings from its portfolio, to focus on other agricultural and cattle opportunities. Source: Beef Central Hancock confirms sale of ‘several’ properties from its portfolio